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Live Webinar 1/13/22: Taking the Mystery Out of Visual Impairment: Understanding the impact of Vision Loss at work is a Course

Live Webinar 1/13/22: Taking the Mystery Out of Visual Impairment: Understanding the impact of Vision Loss at work

Starts Jan 13, 2022
1.5 credits

$15 Enroll

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Live Webinar on 1/13/22 from 1:00-2:30pm CST: Employment service providers are often intimidated by and fearful of working with people who are blind or have low vision. In order to dispel fears and preconceived ideas about vision loss and employment, this presenter will seek to debunk misconceptions and allay fears. Typical causes of vision loss, functional ramifications and ways to remediate those limitations will be discussed. Learn what a “job ready” person with a visual impairment looks like and what you need to know to get them there.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Be prepared to conduct a productive discussion, with a person who is blind or visually impaired, about why he/she will benefit from disclosing their disability when applying for a job or a promotion.
  2. Be prepared to conduct a productive discussion, with a person who is visually impaired or blind, about how he/she can most effectively disclose their disability in an employment setting.
  3. Be prepared to conduct an effective discussion, with an individual who is blind or visually impaired, about when he/she will benefit most from disclosing his/her disability and the accommodations needed to perform the job.

Presenter: Neva Fairchild

Neva Fairchild, M.S., has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of vision rehabilitation and a lifetime of experience living with low vision. She was diagnosed at an early age with Cone Rod Degeneration, a rare genetic eye condition.

She began working for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) in 2008, as the National Independent Living Associate, to oversee Esther's Place, at the AFB Center on Vision Loss, in Dallas. Now, she oversees the AFB Blind Leaders Development program. Neva is the President of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, a 3,000 member professional organization.

Prior to joining AFB, Neva was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Employment Assistance Specialist with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, for over 15 years, and a Vocational Evaluator with the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, prior to completing graduate school.

She was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas in the fall of 2015 and served as Chair in FY18 and 19. She is currently serving on the Governor’s Emergency preparedness for Older Persons and Persons with disabilities Committee. 

Neva holds a bachelor's in Rehabilitation Science and a master's in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her expertise in rehabilitation counseling, adult learning and psychology, paired with an extensive knowledge of applied solutions, techniques and tools for adapting to no or low vision, enables her to add valuable and practical insights in a variety of settings.